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Rick Coplin
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Entrepreneurs encounter setbacks and failures on regular basis. What distinguishes those who are successful has everything to do with how failure is encountered and handled.
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I am honored to be a guest on Todd Cook’s Minutes Not Money podcast today!

Todd and I talk about success and failure, the importance of family and priorities, entrepreneurial challenges, the role of social media in business, personal values and principles, and the foundational importance of a Mastermind group to success.

Key quote in our conversation: “Be patient for results and impatient for actions that produce results.”

Check out Todd's podcast - he has had some amazing guests and sight filled discussions.
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I had no idea what I was getting into when I joined a friend’s startup. I had a successful background in consulting and leading a technology group for a super-regional bank. I went from a company of 90,000 to being employee number three.

None of our team had any startup experience. We learned how to think and work like a startup and as a team as we went. We made significant mistakes along the way.

I also learned more than at any time in my life. Here's 5 key takeaways for entrepreneurs.
None of our team had any startup experience. We learned how to think and work like a startup and as a team as we went. We made significant mistakes in company formation, fundraising, personal relationships, and a hundred other areas. Of all the mistakes, there are five key things I will do differently next time: 1) Get everything in writing; 2) Clarify roles; 3) Hire great talent, not good friends; 4) Focus on customers and sales; 5) Become a stu...
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Are you building your startup and feeling the need to raise funds to fuel growth?

Early in a startup's life, it is difficult to raise funds from professional investors. There's just not enough proof that your idea will gain traction and provide the returns experienced investors need. Banks won't loan money unless the business has collateral to protect their funds.

As a result, entrepreneurs turn to friends and family members for loans and small investments to get them through these early stages. This is a viable, but risky strategy. I've put together 7 common pitfalls to avoid with friends and family funds.
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+Jonathan Milligan's new business book, The 15 Traits of Pro Bloggers has just been released and is available on Amazon FREE through Monday. Grab your copy today. This is an outstanding book with solid business and personal principles that will change your trajectory if followed
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Why and How I went from 30+ appointments last week to  <10 this week. You can do it too, with a little planning and by being intentional. 
Holidays can be stressful if you let work hang over your head during time off. Here are Seven Habits of highly successful vacationers for maintaining balance.
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Do you have a meeting scheduled in a coffee shop soon? I love meeting friends and business associates in coffee shops. The relaxed environment, coffee aromas and the occasional distraction make a great setting for any discussion. For your next meeting in a coffee shop, you should buy the coffee. Here's why.
Buy the coffee for your next meeting. It will be a small act of generosity that will surprise your guest and get the meeting off to a great start.
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Are you an entrepreneur building a high growth company that needs funding? There are many ways to go about creating investor interest.

The best way is to build a great company first.
Entrepreneurs often believe that investors need to feel some demand pressure to get them out of tire-kicking mode and into the driver’s seat. How you create that demand makes all the difference.The path of least resistance to creating investor demand is commonly believed to involve hinting at other investors’ interest or to talk openly about an offer of a term sheet. I have been implored to “get in early” or to invest before others to “get the be...
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On Tuesday, May 5th, my friend +Andy Traub  is hosting a webinar at 2:00 EST to help us understand and use Evernote to get organized and stay that way. 

During the webinar, he'll open up his online course for the first time ever. I've had a sneak peak over the past two months, and the course ROCKS. As a result, I have developed an organizational system using Evernote that supports my professional and personal life.

If you are thinking "I already know how to use Evernote" - that's what I thought too. Check out Andy's video "40 Things Content Creators Can Use Evernote For" ( http://ow.ly/Mw1Cw ) to get a sampling of how valuable the webinar and the Master Evernote course will be for you.

Click the link below to register.

I'll be sitting in on the webinar to learn too. Send me a message and let me know what you think if you register for the webinar.
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Honored to be interviewed on the +JenningsWire Podcast today! In 8 minutes, we talk about:

1) Going from a Fortune 100 company to a startup
2) What I would do differently moving to a startup next time, and
3) 5 things successful entrepreneurs do that drive results
Rick Coplin joins the JenningsWire Podcast to motivate entrepreneurs to follow their dreams from corporate to startup.
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I am honored to be interviewed today by +Brian Mininger, an experienced leader, entrepreneur and business adviser, on his Podcast Small Business Revival. We talk success and failure, communicating internally and with customers, having a strong CORE and how that helps entrepreneurs to be successful plus what the future might hold for us.

I also prepared a special page on my website for Small Business Revival listeners with a custom developed PDF "5 Things Every Business Owner Should Outsource Right Now To Be More Successful" plus other helpfukl resources and links. You can link to that special listener page from Brian's show notes, linked here.
Today's guest is Rick Coplin who works with small business owners, particularly in the technology field, through the organization 'Tech Columbus.' "My mission is to help leaders develop clarity, le...
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My eBook "Pitch Your Best!" is FREE on Amazon today. 

Are you pitching your business to family members or investors? Perhaps you are pitching an internal project to your boss, executive committee or Board of Directors. Regardless of who your audience is, Pitch Your Best! will help you prepare for and deliver a great pitch as you seek support and resources for your vision. 
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  • TechColumbus
    Vice President, Community Partner Ventures, 2013 - present
    My primary role is to find, support, mentor, coach, incubate, and fund high growth potential companies in Central Ohio. In this capacity, my experience in business formation, commercialization strategies, and capital planning helps accelerate companies toward success.
  • TechColumbus
    Venture Development Director, 2008 - 2013
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I have helped to build and sell a start-up company, directed technology programs in a major financial institution and consulted with companies throughout the United States in the areas of technology, finance, marketing and operations.

Currently, I am Vice President of Community Partner Ventures with TechColumbus working alongside entrepreneurs who are building start-up companies. TechColumbus runs a successful incubator program and helps entrepreneurs build great companies.

My role is to find, support, mentor, coach, incubate, and fund high growth potential companies in Central Ohio. In this capacity, my experience in business formation, commercialization strategies, and capital planning helps accelerate companies toward success.

I am passionate about mentoring and supporting entrepreneurs, helping them to determine how best to accomplish their goals. I have assisted entrepreneurs with nearly 1,000 pitches, helping entrepreneurs to hone their message and delivery to attract partners, employees and investors. Many of these entrepreneurs have raised funds from TechColumbus, angels and angel groups.

I consider myself a seasoned entrepreneur having invested five years with a start-up company that developed law enforcement information sharing software. The company was sold to investors in 2007 and is still in business. I received and offer to join the TechColumbus team, one of our investors, shortly after the sale.

Prior to the startup, I was Technology Program Director at Bank One for three years overseeing technology acquisition, development and implementation. Previous to that, I was with Ernst & Young and KPMG Peat Marwick a total of eight years. At E&Y, I focused on emerging, entrepreneurial and high growth companies, providing consulting expertise in technology transition, software design, selection & implementation, and business process re-engineering. While at KPMG, I focused on technology implementation in manufacturing, supply chain management and warehousing.


I am a 1985 graduate of Denison University, with a B.A. in Economics, and a 1991 graduate of The Ohio State University, with an MBA in Finance and Operations.

Learn more at www.RickCoplin.com.
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  • Ohio State University
    MBA - Finance, 1990 - 1991
  • Denison University
    Economics, 1981 - 1985
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Fueling Your Startup with Friends and Family Funds
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Entrepreneurs raise money from friends and family. While this might be an easy path to fueling your startup, Friends and Family money can le

Pitching Your Business to Investors, Bankers, Partners, Employees &amp;...
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This presentation is an interactive session at the Ohio Growth Summit 2014 and is for the entrepreneur who wants to improve their ability to

I took our 12 year old Explorer that my teenage son had been using for the past three years to Clint to have the interior cleaned. Our SUV had seen typical use by my son - friends, food and sports equipment for every season, plus constant rides for our Golden Retrievers. Within a few hours, Clint finished the job and the interior looks like it did when it was brand new. The rugs and floor covers are pristine as are the fabric seats. Food stains, dog hair, various aromas - you name it - all vanished. The dash, cup holders, door sides - everything - all look fantastic. I've cleaned my own cars previously, but cannot come close to the quality job that Clint does. We'll definitely have the Auto Doctor clean our other vehicles.
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